The NRA has almost immediately withdrawn their statement criticizing Open Carry Texas, claiming that the criticism was the work of a single rogue staff member.
In case you missed it, the group Open Carry Texas has been in the news a lot lately for going around Texas eateries in large numbers - like 30 people - carrying AR15s and other tactical long guns.
On Monday the NRA condemned Open Carry Texas's protests and said that such behavior would concern and discourage moderate gun supporters.
After an outcry from Open Carry Texas - who called the NRA's criticism of them "disgusting" - the NRA has unreservedly apologized and stated their unequivocal support for carrying AR15s into Chilis and Chipotle and other restaurants.
The NRA YouTube channel published an interview with spokesman Chris Cox in which he defended Open Carry Texas and repudiated their statement condemning the group:
"We apologize, again," said Cox, "for any confusion that that post caused."
What they did in Texas is, some people decided to protest the absurdity of the ban on...open carry of handguns by carrying their long guns openly, and legally.
An alert went out [from the NRA] that referred to this type of behavior as weird, or somehow not normal. And that was a mistake. It shouldn't have happened. I've had a discussion with the staffer who wrote that piece, and expressed his personal opinion. Our job is not to criticize the lawful behavior of fellow gun owners.
The moral, at least for the NRA: don't mess with Open Carry Texas.Via TPM.